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Endless Summer Festival Guide

Summer Meltdown 2014 by Matt McDonald/

Aug. 6–8
Pizza Fest
Like your festival experience served with extra cheese? Get a slice of Pizza Fest, the beer-soaked garage rock blowout now in its sixth greasy year. This year’s lineup includes 22 bands in three days: local faves like Full Toilet, Wimps, SSDD, Bod and headlining “supergroup” (thx, NPR) Childbirth, plus Portland’s Mean Jeans and outer space’s Nobunny. Along with El Corazon, Chop Suey and the Funhouse—two recently revived punk-rock strongholds—are the primary venues.
Various Seattle venues

Aug. 6–9
Summer Meltdown
Summer Meltdown has come a long way from its roots as the homecoming festival for improv-groovers Flowmotion. Earlier this year, concert promotion behemoth AEG got behind Meltdown’s 15th-annual installment, bringing electro-inflected headliners STS9 and Tycho to complement a lineup heavy on local funk, upbeat hip-hop, and jammy rock. Organizers have partnered with rafting, climbing and horseback riding outfitters to offer outdoors adventures as well as tons of live music.
White Horse Amphitheater, Darrington, Wash.

Aug. 15
Light in the Attic Summer Spectacular
Whatever music reissue label Light in the Attic suggests, we listen to it. Which includes Barbara Lynn, a Texas-born singer-songwriter-guitarist with a ripping left hand who put together one of the first all-female R&B bands in the early 1960s, and Willie Thrasher, an Inuit rocker from Canada’s Northwest Territories. Lynn and Thrasher headline LITA’s free, all-ages open house block party, co-presented by City Arts, set inside and outside their warehouse office in Frelard and complemented by DJs, food trucks, a record fair and a beer garden hosted by neighbors Lucky Envelope Brewing.
Light in the Attic, 913 NW 50th St.

Aug. 16
Vibrations Festival
No gates, no tickets, no hassle: Festivals don’t get more casual than Vibrations, a free day of music in Volunteer Park. BYO blanket and cooler of beverages and appreciate underground sounds from iji, Megabog, Crater, So Pitted and others. Organizers say that local installation art will be a major component, along with tarot readings, a tie-dye station and popsicle and taco booths—and plenty of sunshine, free of charge.
Volunteer Park